Tonight Chinatown celebrates its 75th Annual Moon Festival in the Central Plaza & West Plaza from 5pm to midnight. It is believed that Autumn is the time of the year when the moon is at its fullest and brightest. Besides being a harvest festival, the moon is a symbol of family, so there is a heavy focus on family unity.
The celebration includes traditional music plus modern music at the LA Weekly stage. There will also be moon-viewing, workshops and demos, which usually include dancing, martial arts, acrobats, calligraphy and face-painting. A number of small art galleries will stay open late and host receptions.
Eddie Lin be the MC at the Culinary Stage located in the West Plaza featuring food demos, traditional mooncakes and the now infamous eating competition, which this year focuses on desserts. You can also enjoy the craft beer garden, gourmet food trucks and the Bamboo Lane Night Market.